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  1. Item: T.A.C V-60 INTERGRATED TUBE AMPLIFIER Location: PRESTON Price: SOLD Item Condition: EX-DEMO, EXCELLENT CONDITION, HARDLY USED, ALWAYS KEPT IN PRIVATE SOUND LOUNGE Payment Method: CASH / EFT / CREDIT CARD Extra Info: TAS REVIEW http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/tas-195-vincent-audio-v-60-integrated-amplifier/ Pictures:
  2. Item: Marantz CD-75 Mk2 - Lampizated with Musical Fidelity tube strage + new DAC (Lampucera) with balanced outputs Location: Perth Price: 799 (is advertised elsewhere at $999) Item Condition: used Reason for selling: to see if there's any interest and hence any point in doing mods to other equipment Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct Transfer, COD Only Extra Info: I came across this Marantz CD-75 Mk2 for a reasonable price and given it has CDM-2 die-cast alloy, swing arm, magnetic drive mechanism and TDA-1541A DAC (plus plenty of space inside of the box), I decided to do some mods to it. There are more things to this player like fully copper plated boards, Nichicon caps etc. but I will not bore you with it. To gain some further real estate, I removed the voltage selector and variable output boards. This made installation of XLR sockets for the balanced output of CS4397 Cirrus Logic 24/192 DAC much easier. Another output from this DAC is fed to the anode follower tube stage which is a clone of Musical Fidelity X10-D design. All up, this CD player has a original digital coaxial SPDIF output and three analogues ones: original one from TDA-1541 balanced from the CS4397 and tube, single ended Musical Fidelity X10-D This can fill up most of the inputs of many amps but provides a lot of choice if you have preferences as to different DACs/output types for different types of music. To gain 2nd opinion and to hear it on a different system to which I am not used to, I did take it to another very respected and very familiar with untold amount of systems SNA member. We listened to a number of players that were available at the time: Killer DAC/Marantz CD-94 combo, Oppo-105 using balanced out and Naim NACD3 - all connected to Electrocompaniet pre/power and 2m tall Dyneaudio speakers. The results were not unfavorable to my little concoction - particularly when using the tube output. This item has been electrically modified (voltage selector has been removed and now it is 240V AC only). the VAR output is the tube output ELECTRICAL DISCLAIMER This product has not been manufactured by a qualified individual or company, therefore contains electrical circuits that do not necessarily comply with Australian Standards. I understand that as the seller, I may be liable to repercussions in the event of equipment failure. By advertising and selling this product, as the seller I also agree that I am solely liable, and the publisher of this website takes no responsibility for any injury or death resulting from, whether directly or indirectly, any accident that may happen as a result of the failure of the product being sold. If in doubt, seek the services of a qualified electrician to inspect the product to ensure it is safe for use. Pictures:
  3. Item: Cymer Audio 13e1 Power Amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: $3500 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: this is 3 years old and this is the amp Elson is famous for. Buying one new will take a year. This has Mundorf Silver Oil capacitors and runs 27 watts single-ended. It has a switch to turn off feedback . Pictures:
  4. Item: Location: Price: Item Condition: Reason for selling: Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Pictures: Selling my lovely preamp to put funds into another project. I dont know a lot of the technicals like many here would however I have included some pages of the booklet that came with it that should give you a good idea about it. Has beautiful sound and finished in stunning wood casing. Almost perfect condition, any imperfections can be seen clearly in photographs. Hasn't had a huge amount of hours usage. $600. In Mornington, Vic (can post).
  5. Item : Leben CS600 integrated amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: $6000 (firm) Item condition: excellent Reason for selling : funds required Payment method: cash bank transfer Extra info: bought off authorised importer 3 mths ago. Under warranty. have original boxes etc. Save a few grand off brand new.
  6. http://www.stereo.net.au/news/cayins-feature-packed-cs-55a-integrated-amplifier Hi Everyone, I am looking for an integrated amplifier with a phone stage and headphone. I am not necessarily after a tube amp but it will look good with my old radiogram cabinet. My first use for the amp will be using it as a pre amp with a Sanders ESL power amp and some Martin Logan's Montis. The next use for it will be as an integrated amp for watching TV and playing music from the network with a set of Audio Physic Yara monitors. The final use for it will be a second setup with an entry level turntable driving a pair of Audio Physics Tempo speakers. The unit having a DAC isn't a must have but quite a "nice to have" since I already have a good quality DAC. I am after a unit that I can move around until I have everything complete to create a second setup for easy listening and background music for the living room. This unit ticks many boxes and desires but I am not familiar with the brand or tube amplifiers and like to hear your opinion.
  7. Hi guys I am trying to source the following tubes for my WA5 (6SN7) Tung-Sol Round Plates/VT-231 - https://www.tubedepot.com/products/tungsol-vt231-6sn7gt-round-plates RCA VT-231 - http://tctubes.com/RCA-6SN7GT-VT231-gray-glass.aspx Sylvania VT-231 I am wondering if there is any place in Sydney or Australia where I may be able to get these or similar tubes from? Cheers
  8. Hi all, I'm pretty keen to introduce a valve amp into my system. I initially thought they would be out of my price range but after looking around I have discovered some affordable Australian options. My current speakers are Aaron ATS-4s which have a sensitivity of 93db. I am new to valve amps and don't appreciate the differences between 6L6, 6AS7, 300B, etc. I understand they have different sound qualities and some are more expensive to replace. Which ever amp I get will be replacing a Denon HT Reciever (1912) so should be a big upgrade in sound quality I hope. Being from Hobart, I have pretty limited opportunities to listen to these amps in person. Any advice would be most welcome. These are examples of what I have looked at but would be happy to look elsewhere, probably have a budget of about $1200: Weston Acoustics Trubadour 6L6 http://www.westonacoustics.com/service1.html $1200 McChanson 6AS7 / 5998 timE Amp SET (300B Alternative) Valve integrated http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/McChanson-6AS7-5998-timE-Amp-SET-300B-Alternative-Valve-integrated-NEW-/111804576272?hash=item1a08127210:g:KXoAAOxyOMdS3dyn $880 Eric McChanson's timE Amp : 6L6GC SE UL / SET Stereo Valve Tube http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Eric-McChansons-timE-Amp-6L6GC-SE-UL-SET-Stereo-Valve-Tube-/121795307777?hash=item1c5b90e901:g:B~IAAOSwPcVVq4SW $737 Thanks, Duncan
  9. (Newbie) What NEW modern day state-of-the-art Preamplifier Transistors with an extremely Low Noise and High Gain out in the market today are superior to the following: 2SC2362 or 2SC1845 or KTC2240?
  10. This review concerns another of Eric Chan's home brewed tube amps, only it is not really an amp, its a signal processor. In January I commissioned him to build a line stage using tubes which I could use as a preamp in combination with my Emotiva power amp. My goal was to add a bit of warmth to the sound. I have a Tisbury Audio passive preamp that is literally only an input selector and a volume knob, so it has zero effect on the sound so I asked for just one input and two outputs. That device used 5687 tubes and sounded so transparent that I could not tell the difference with it in place. So back it went, much to Eric'c surprise. While waiting for that first unit,I borrowed a integrated 6AS7/5998 amp from him, the sound of which I liked very much. The only problem was a lack of power, although my speakers were sensitive enough at 89 dB, I missed the extra oomph of the SS amp. So I asked him if a 6AS7 preamp could be designed. He agreed to build one for me for $500. There were a few iterations of solving problems that involved hum and noise that drove him to distraction, and which were not solved by him but by me in placing the Tisbury between the new box and the Emotiva amp. The problem really turned out be that the new unit's output was too hot for the Emotiva so the attenuation in between gets it right and drops the noise floor to perfect. The 6AS7 box is really a buffer as I asked for close to unity gain - using line level sources there is sufficient voltage to drive the power amp anyway. What I wanted was to add a bit the 'tube sound'. After living with it for 6 months I can say I have an excellent sounding result. It took a couple of months to burn in. Now it is stable and the sound is really beautiful. It teams with the Emotiva really well. I have plenty of power and presence, a wide soundstage that extends well beyond the speakers, and the resolution is crystal clear. Frequency response is enhanced slightly in the midrange but never gets syrupy. Bass response is excellent and so are the highs. Good recordings, even at only CD sample rate, sound entrancingly good. Typical of an SET class A design, intimate performances are very very real. Untypically, even fairly aggressive rock like The Who Live at Leeds sounds fantastic. I don't do techno but where Jeff Beck takes that genre works like magic. Attack and decay are both excellent also and very sudden dynamics always are almost shockingly fast - often causing my wife and or her cat to jump, startled by the sudden explosions of a snare drum for example. So I have an esoteric setup. Cost < 4k that sounds as good as anything I have ever heard, even much much more expensive kit. Now every time I feel the urge to buy something else I find that whatever I think I'm looking for is already coming out of my speakers and it's increasingly difficult to identify just what can be improved. That feels really odd, but also really satisfying. Eric is getting old now and may stop building amps soon. I recommend you give his gear a listen. Be objective if you can and you might be surprised. Yes I know others were not so happy and have modified their purchases, but at this price its worth the experiment. When you can achieve an outstanding result for such a modest outlay, surely the savings can be used to enhance life in other ways. Let your ears be the judge and impress your music loving friends with sound rather than looks and price tags. Thanks for reading.
  11. Item: McIntosh labs MC2102 monoblock amplifiers with Golden Lion Matched octet kt88 valves Location: Castle Hill, NSW Price: $12,000 Item Condition: Used, superb condition with original manuals Reason for selling: Client traded the system in on new components Payment Method: Cash, All major card's excluding Diners, Paypal or Direct Deposit Extra Info: http://www.nebyhifi....ts/MC2102br.pdf Pictures: MC2102 Tube Power Amplifier Designed by co-founder Sidney A. Corderman and the McIntosh engineering staff Dual monoblock (2-channel stereo) amplifier with all signal amplification by tubes Patented Unity Coupled Circuit with bifilar-wound output transformers Stereo: 100 watts per channel (8/4/2 ohms) Mono parallel: 200 watts per channel (4/2/1 ohms) Mono bridged: 200 watts per channel (16/8/4 ohms) (8) KT88 or 6550 output tubes (original valves changed for Matched octet Genalex Golden Lion) (4) 12AX7A input tubes (4) 12AT7 driver tubes Ceramic tube sockets with gold-plated contacts Air-pipe cooling at base for output tubes Very low distortion Wide power bandwidth Long-life premium capacitors and resistors Balanced and unbalanced inputs Gold-plated input jacks Gold-plated 200A multi-way output binding posts Illuminated peak-responding wattmeters with hold Remote power control connection to McIntosh Control Centers and Preamplifiers Black drawn-aluminum transformer enclosures Polished stainless-steel chassis Glass front panel with illuminated nomenclature Dimensions (h x w x d) cm: 17.9 x 44.5 x 50.8 Weight 40kg net $12,000 the Pair Contact Sydney Hi-Fi Castle Hill 02 9899 9079 Shop 7 19 Victoria Avenue Castle Hill
  12. I've got a Manley Stingray integrated amp. While measuring the bias on the EL84 output valves this morning, I came across two valves that were measuring 0, instead of the usual 250mV. Now one of those two is measuring 250 mV, while the other is a smidge high at 260mV. I've adjusted it back down and it seems to be holding fine. Is this something I should be concerned about? Should I replace both valves as a preemptory measure? I've ordered a new set of EL84 valves from Cameron at Krispy audio, as I figured they'll need replacing at some stage. While talking with Cameron, we discussed tube rolling. Cameron suggested the 12AT7 input valves were the only valves really worthwhile playing around with. Can anyone recommend some NOS 12AT7 valves that would suit the Stingray? Does anybody here have any for sale? Is there any benefit to playing around with the EL84 output valves, or the 6414 driver valves? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  13. Hi all, I recently purchased a 100w tube amplifier (8*kt66 with a RRP of around 9k) and placed it on a solid piece of furniture of 1.3m wide with a 5cm think top of solid wood. I placed my new 40kg integrated amp to the left and placed my Rega RP3 40cm away on the right, on top of my Marantz CD player. After running the amplifier for a day or so I touched the plinth of my record player and noticed it vibrated. I traced the vibration back to the amplifier. When I then touched the front sides of the amplifier I could feel the entire chassis vibrate….which got me a bit worried. Next I also noticed a hum (like a computer hum) coming from the speakers which I could hear softly but distinctly throughout my 4x5m room - even with the volume all the way down. I then tried unplugging components, checked all wiring, changed power cables etc etc. Also tried a power cord without the ground pin which should rule out a ground loop.. No change. Next I moved the amp to the other side of the house where I run a Pima Luna ProLogue Classic which had no vibration at all. The speakers, PMC DB1, are pretty much dead with the volume all the way down unless you put your ear right up against the tweeter. Then I swapped the Prima Luna for my new amp and experienced the same vibration and hum - with all different cables and components. The amplifier is now back at the distributor and the message I am getting from both the distributor and the retailer is that this sort of vibration and hum are normal / not unusual for this type of amp and that I should start isolating and separating the amp and record player to fix this issue. To check my sanity I rang a few other retailers which sell high-powered tube amplifiers and they told me they would consider this unacceptable and pointed towards a transformer winding issue. One famously said “you pay for music, not noiseâ€. The reply from the distributor was that “retailers will tell you what you want to hearâ€. Great! My stance is that had I known this amplifier vibrated and hummed like this I would not have purchased it and that as such I would like a refund. The retailer seems to disagree. I also understand that vibration of the amp itself negatively influences the sound quality and reduces the life-span of the tubes. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts! Do you think this is normal for this sort of amp? Should I push to get a refund?
  14. I read previously that changing the rectifier valve on the Supratek power supply unit can make significant changes in sound quality. In particular, a NOS Bendix 6106 will tighten up the bass. In my case, the standard rectifier and another I tried ( NOS Mullard EZ34) provided deep bass, but it was not as tight as I would like. Well the difference with the Bendix 6106 is profound, in that the bass is as tight as one could hope for ( as tight as a decent solid state setup - and I am using all valves). I have the Supratek Cabernet Dual, and even dialling up the separate bass feed ( I use 6H30's for bass and 101d's for mid-high frequencies through 4 monoblock power amps), the bass became more pronounced but still very tight. So before fiddling with power amps and speakers to optimise bass response, the culprit could well be the choice of rectifier valve in the Supratek preamp.
  15. Ok, I've done a small amount of research.. What is the best value 300b valve amplifier kit available? Preferably integrated. Cheers!
  16. I just came across this video about the manufacture of valves. For anyone interested in valves it's a must watch. The KR Audio 300B valves I bought in the past seem less expensive after seeing this.
  17. Item: AKG 701 + Schiit Lye Amp + Squeezebox Touch Location: Richmond Vic Price: $700 + postage Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: I'm still very new to headphones and it's time to see what else is out there. Payment Method: Cash, COD Extra Info: I've had this gear for for close to 4 months now and it hasn't skipped a beat (purchased from a SNA member, see below). This is all fairly well known gear and has been well looked after, the squeezebox has only been used twice as I just don't have the room on my desk (I've got that little room) so it's been sitting safely in its box all this time. This would be a great setup for anyone new to headphones. If you have a computer and a wired or wireless network you will have everything (source, DAC, AMP & headphones). Comes with all packaging so I can post at buyers expense. Previous sale, http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/59481-relist-and-price-drop-akg-701-schiit-lyr-amp-squeezebox-touch/?hl=%2Bsqueezebox+%2Btouch Pictures:
  18. Pre-amp & DAC with Tube, Solid State and Headphone outputs Item: XIANG SHENG DAC-01A DAC Location: Sydney (can also potentially deliver to Melbourne as I am down weekly) Price: $120 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer Needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I bought this new a couple of years ago and have had great enjoyment from it. It has been used a USB Dac from a PC media centre I had set up. It has 2x Analog inputs, USB, Optical and Coaxial for digital inputs. Outputs - Tube (can change for different sound), Solid State and Headphone with volume control. This unit is identical to the Maverick D1, Grant Fidelity TUBEDAC-09 which have both been widely recognised as stunning pieces of kits. It can also be used with the tube bi-passed. Happy to post but pickup preferred. Unit comes with power cable. Photos: Any questions please ask. Audition possible. Thanks Mark
  19. Item: Melody SHW 1688 ii Tube Preamplifier Location: Lara, VIC, 3212 Price: $1250 ONO PRICE REDUCED: $1099. Item Condition: Excellent (There is a couple of faint scratch marks on the tube cage). Reason for selling: Lack of room, renovations, moving to headphones for the time being. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank Deposit, COD Only Extra Info: This is a 220 volt version and will come with a step down transformer. An absolutely beautiful looking and sounding preamplifier. Do a quick Google search and you will find numerous glowing reviews. I was using my Audiolab M-Dac direct to power amplifier before buying this and could't believe my ears once I included the Melody in the system. The soundstage opened right up and the separation between instruments was incredible. 2 sets of high level and low level outputs. 4 sets of inputs. http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/melody/1688.html http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/5219-melody-1688s-pre-amp/ http://www.stereomojo.com/FSIreport2007.htm Also see my Bryston 4BSST2 for sale here: http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/63088-fs-bryston-4bsst2/ And the Dynaudio Contour S3.4s pictured will be posted shortly. Pictures: Edit: For clarification: This is the MkII model.
  20. Pre-amp & DAC with Tube, Solid State and Headphone (with volume) outputs Item: XIANG SHENG DAC-01A DAC Location: Sydney Price: $150 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer Needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I bought this new a couple of years ago and have had great enjoyment from it. It has mostly been used a USB Dac from a PC. It has 2x Analog inputs, USB, Optical and Coaxial for digital inputs. Outputs - Tube (can change for different sound), Solid State and Headphone with volume control. This unit is identical to the Maverick D1, Grant Fidelity TUBEDAC-09 which have both been widely recognised as stunning pieces of kits. Happy to post but pickup preferred. Unit comes with power cable. Photos: Any questions please ask. Audition possible. Thanks Mark
  21. Item: Yaqin MC-10L EL34 Valve Tube Amp Location: Sydney, Neutral Bay Price: $450 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Too many amps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Information: This latest enhanced version of MC-10L Class A tube amplifier, an excellent machine, ideal for HiFi purists, tube rollers, savers and budget buyers comes with high quality components and offers the following features: Class A push-pull circuit for reduced distortion Ultra linear push-pull circuit providing greater output power SRPP circuit design in pre-amplifier section ULPP circuit design in power amplification Convenient BIAS control and adjustment via external testing sockets and potentiometers easy accessible on top panel of amp 4x EL-34B tubes in final stage, export version 4x 6N1 in pre-stage, replaceable by 6DJ8, 6922 or ECC88 High-end output transformers based on Japanese audio grade silicon steel sheet in thickness 0.35 mm and high-quality enameled wiring responsible for wide frequency response and dynamic range at full rated output Audiophile High-end electrolyte MKP capacitors as well as high quality metal precision resistors Imported high-quality low noise and durable potentiometer as volume controller Detachable power cord Heavy duty chassis with top in stainless steel, steel bottom and front panel as well as bezels in aluminum. Output Power: 52W x 2 "8 ohm" Lose true degree: 2% "40W" Frequency: 20Hz---60Hz "±1.5dB 10W" Signal/Noise Ratio: 85dB "A Weight" Load impedance: 8ohm or 4ohm Inputs Sensitivity: ≤250mv Audio Input: 4 groups Audio Output: 2 groups with 2 x GND Size Dimension: 470x310x180mm Weight: 23kg Colour: Gold Body & Dark Green Power Supply Photos:
  22. Anyone had experience with a LUXMAN SQ-N100 tube amp? I'm looking for a suitable amp for my new Hoyt-Bedford type 1.5 single drive speakers (high effeciency) and this appeals (yes in terms of looks too!) The amp is powered by UL-connected EL84s and comes with a mm phono stage, headphone amp, and three RCA inputs. Perfect for my TT, Tuner, DAC/Mac 10 W at 8 oms per channel Srajan Ebaen, editor of 6Moons, awarded the NeoClassico SQ-N100 the prestiguous "Blue Moon" award : http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/luxman3/100.html any feedback is welcomed...
  23. Item:ASL twi-head Location:Maitland NSW (will post) Price:$1000 Item Condition:Excellent Reason for selling:Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:Superb remote controlled tube preamp. Headphone output selectable and includes OTL option! Hard to beat this amazing unit at this price, (even at twice the price!) Supplied with remote, manual and power chord. Pictures:
  24. The Audio Research PH6 Tube phono stage, have to pop the hood to fit the supplied valves, which gives the chance to grab a shot of the innards back on the hifi unit,
  25. Item: Little Dot MkIII Tube Headphone Amp Location: 3130 VIC Price: Sale pending...$180 + shipping Item Condition: Very good condition, used occasionally with HD650 Reason for selling: No longer needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit, Paypal Extra Info: This is tube headphone amp is a nice match for headphones with higher impedance. It includes 2 pairs (one set as spare) of Russian 6H6P Power Tubes and Voshkod 6ZH1P-EV driver tubes, which have been very well reviewed as one of the best driver tubes for the Little Dot MkIII. This is the version 2.0 of the MkIII, which means the a wider set of tubes can be rolled on it, including 6H30PI power tubes. I no longer have packaging for this, so local pick up is preferred. Pictures:
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